Unlike Principia mathematica, Newton published this work first in English (1704), with the scholarly Latin translation by his assistant Samuel Clarke appearing in 1706 — the version in which Newton’s theories of light and colour were disseminated on the European Continent. This copy belonged to the French collector Joseph Bonnier de la Mosson (1702-44) and bears his gilt arms and name scroll on upper and lower covers.
Bonnier de la Mosson amassed one of the great cabinets of curiosities of the eighteenth century, installing it with at his hôtel particulier, the hôtel de Lude, at 58 rue Saint-Dominique. The collection comprised chemistry, physics and natural history as well as medals, pictures and books. The richly appointed display cabinets were celebrated in their day and the collection was immortalised in several detailed engravings and in paintings by Jacques de Lajoüe. At the collector’s untimely death at the age of 42 he was deeply in debt and the collection, including the library, was dispersed at auction in 1745. Parts of the collection were acquired by Buffon, who installed several of the original cabinets at the Jardin du roi (which later became Musée national d’histoire naturelle).
This book was lot 702 in De la Mosson’s sale (Catalogue des livres de M. Bonnier de La Mosson... dont la vente commencera lundi 26 avril 1745, Paris, Jacques Barrois, 1745). The catalogue listed two other Newtons: a French Opticks (Amsterdam, 1720, lot 703) and a Principia (lot 659)..see full details
First published in 1751, The Tutor’s Assistant became one of the best-selling mathematical books for over a century.more...
‘An incomplete listing comprises 276 editions, the last in 1885... The York editions, starting in 1797, were corrected by Thomas Crosby of that city’ (Wallis in Oxford DNB).’ Crosby also published a popular Key to the book, which itself ran to many editions.
‘This book is by far the most used of all school-books, and deserves to stand high among them’ (De Morgan, Arithmetical Books, 1847, 80, cited by Wallis). .see full details